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The Two Rings

simon cogan
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I've been saying for a few weeks now that I've been tempted by 'Lord of the Rings: The Card Game'.

And I have finally succumbed to my Tolkien urge - but not to that game.

I've rediscovered MECCG after finding a big box of cards in my attic - and what a fantastic game it is!

All my theme and mechanic problems of (the admittedly gorgeous) 'Lord of the Rings: The Card Game', as well as my increasing frustration of being slaughtered at every opportunity are just removed by this timeless classic of a game that just lets you adventure through Middle Earth with a hop and a skip.

I bought a lot of cards when they first came out in 1995 (gosh, 17 years ago) and have kept them all safe and lovely since. I got a lot of the expansions too (Dragons, Dark Minions) but my interest dwindled as the game became a little too top heavy and lost it's way a bit (coincidentally, the text on the cards got smaler and smaller...). I've also got some of the ICE guides and rulebooks, so it was a real pleasure to sit down and rediscover them and the wonderful game all again.

In my opinion it beats the FFG version hands down in nearly every respect. Gameplay is more thematic and smooth and far less mechanical. you don't have to play the odds so deck design is a breeze too.

Being a solo player, I dont feel short-changed with this game either. The artwork may not be as good all the time (some of it is gorgeous though) and I think the scenario aspect of LOTR:TCG is brilliant - much better than the rather cold MP gaining objective of MECCG. But with all these player guides there are a lot of scenarios that are a joy to play through.

I'm off to ebay to find some more cards to build up my adventures...and find some more player guides too...

My 'Who' watching this week has been that Colin Baker 'gem' - 'The Two Doctors'. When I checked my viewing log, I was astonished to find that I hadn't watched it for 10 years.

Hmm, age has not made it any better! What really stood out was how toe-curlingly slow the adventure is. It moves along at an absolute snail's pace with the Doctor (the Colin Baker version) not meeting Chessene or the Sontarans until Episode 3 (Episode 5 in old money...). It's stock full of padding this one.

Along with this, the performances are 'full on' and the Sontarans are a sad shadow of their former selves (but very tall...). the Seville filming is a bit wasted and the direction is as flat as a pancake, robbing the story of any real drama at all.

There are some fun moments. Troughton is having a whale of a time and enjoying himself enormously - especially when he gets turned into an Androgum . Going OTT with him are Shockeye and Oscar (who gets some funny Holmes lines in the vein of Henry Gordon Jago) - but both have deaths that are woefully misplayed. Nicola Bryant is very easy on the eye too.

I watched this with the commentary on too (where Jacqqueline Pearce just says 'darling' every other minute). It's nice to know the cast enjoyed themselves...

Not impressed I'm afraid - 3/10 this week.

Anyone else care to share memories of this - or indeed MECCG?
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